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The 10 Best SNES Games – Part Two

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Here’s the second part of our list of the 10 best SNES games for Nintendo. Part one left off with Final Fantasy at number six. We’ve collated some of the biggest reviews of these games and looked at their average scores. This is the result.

A reminder of the rules

In this list, a game’s average launch reviews and a dash of opinion will be considered. If your favourite doesn’t make the list there’s a good chance it was considered. The SNES library has another 10 to 15 stand out titles that missed out. Release dates may appear as a range of years due to different release dates across regions.

Here’s part two of our list of the Top 10 SNES games of all time.

5. Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting

Released – 1993

Developer – Capcom

Publisher – Capcom

Copies Sold – 4.1M

Average Review Score – 94.9%

Street Fighter 2 Turbo is the third version of Capcom’s smash hit Street Fighter 2. Capcom’s fighting powerhouse saw countless competitor series and some pale imitators. The fighting game craze of the early 1990s had begun.

Turbo is a fantastic port of the arcade game. Turbo sped the gameplay up making the battles faster than ever. The button presses for combos needing to be more precise than ever to pull off the big moves. This made for frantic fun gameplay and they didn’t stop their characters such as Guile gained new moves.

Turbo also sees the debut of the overpowered Akuma. He appears and beats M.Bison to a pulp replacing him as the final boss. Akuma appears if the player has met certain criteria during their play through.

Japanese magazine Famitsu known for its critical scoring gave the game 36 out of 40. EGM also named Turbo as the best Super Nintendo Game of 1993.

The game shines in two-player mode and gave kids everywhere bragging rights over who could beat all their mates.

4. Super Mario World

Released – 1990/92

Developer – Nintendo EAD

Publisher – Nintendo

Copies Sold – 20.61M (Bundled With System)

Average Review Score – 91.8%

How do you top Super Mario Bros 3 and make an amazing launch game? Simple, Super Mario World!

Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto had the Midas touch with our favourite plumber.

Computer and Video Games Magazine (CVG) loved it giving Super Mario World 96%. “The gameplay is so addictive; you’d better be prepared to stay stuck to your screens until you’ve completed it! Omit, a totally fantastic game”

The game was massive on release featuring 96 different levels. Power-ups and new gameplay mechanics, allowing the player to float through levels (if you could keep Mario airborne).

Nintendo also debuted Yoshi the Dinosaur. Yoshi can eat enemies and gain abilities from eating the shells of Bowser’s Koopa Troopers.

Super Mario World sold over 20 million units becoming the bestselling game on the Super Nintendo. It’s worth noting most copies came bundled with the system, not to take away from the sheer number sold. Super Mario World arrived at the right time to take the console wars battle to that pesky hedgehog and his blast processing.

The gameplay and art style in Super Mario World make it still a great looking game to play today. It’s firmly one of Nintendo’s all-time classics.


3. Chrono Trigger

Released – 1995 (PAL Unreleased)

Developer – Square

Publisher – Square

Copies Sold – 2.31M

Average Review Score 90.7%

The second game on this list Europe missed out on. Square was at their absolute best when they made Chrono Trigger. Some people call it one of the best games of all time and it’s easy to see why it’s held in such high regard. Next Generation Magazine awarded it a four out of five, stating “it easily qualifies as one of the best RPGs ever made”

In this JRPG an experiment leads to discovering an apocalyptic event in the far future. Crono and a cast of characters from across time join forces to try and prevent a dystopian future.

Final Fantasy’s combat system is once again used, though what sets this game apart is its lack of random encounters. All enemies are visible when traversing areas and dungeons. Characters can combine for dual and triple attacks (techs) to unleash massive damage on opponents.

The story isn’t complex, yet draws you in. Square excelled at creating characters people genuinely wanted to see succeed. Chrono Trigger has you recruit, among others, a robot a cavewoman and even a sword-wielding frog. Who has one of the most compelling and tragic backstories of any character in a Super Nintendo game.

Chrono Trigger is a fantastic game and even if you’re not usually an RPG person, you will be after playing it.

2. The Legend of Zelda A Link to The Past

Released – 1991/92

Developer – Nintendo EAD

Publisher – Nintendo

Copies Sold – 4.6M

Average Review Score – 93.5%

A Link to the Past returned to the top-down gameplay of the original Legend of Zelda. The side-scrolling from The Adventure of Link is gone.

Critically acclaimed upon release Nintendo Magazine System reviewers gave the game a 96%. An EGM Reviewer was stunned starting his review with “Wow! This is the closest a game has ever gotten to a perfect 10”. Famitsu even gave A Link to the past a near-perfect 39 out of 40. Making it one of the highest-ranked games they had ever reviewed at that point.

A Link to the Past sees Link on a quest to save Hyrule from the evil Ganon. The Master Sword and parallel universes would also be introduced for the first time. The gameplay and variety of dungeons are excellent and has also aged well over time. (It’s like Nintendo have perfected an anti-aging formula).

The music like most of Nintendo’s first-party games is excellent with the over world theme being instantly recognisable. Like Final Fantasy VI, A Link to Past has had its soundtrack performed by orchestras.

A Link to the Past is one of Nintendo’s finest games and was considered for the top spot on this list. It was beaten to the post by one other game. It’s a must-play on the Super Nintendo and accessible via the Switch Online.

1. Super Metroid

Released – 1994

Developer – Nintendo R&D1/Intelligent Systems

Publisher – Nintendo

Copies Solid – 1.42M

Average Review Score – 91.1%

The foreboding atmosphere and the sense of isolation. The game’s creator Yoshio Sakamoto said “We had a strong desire to make something that people would compare to a movie”. He created something so much more.

Super Metroid is the third in the series. This time Samus Aran must stop Ridley and the Space Pirates from harnessing the power of a young Metroid.

The Metroid series awards players for their exploration with power-ups hidden all over the planet Zebes. You’re free to roam throughout, with every new ability gained allowing Samus access to new areas.

A big improvement is the inclusion of an in game map. In the first two Metroid games players had to rely on printed maps that came with magazines. Nintendo Power would publish extended features containing maps to help struggling players.

EGM named Super Metroid the best action game of 1994 and in 2003 they named Super Metroid as the best game of all time. Super Play Magazine would call Super Metroid “more of an experience than a game”.

The music, the setting, and the graphics make Super Metroid rather special. The game along with several other SNES games has aged amazingly well over time. The music gives an amazing sense of suspense and isolation to the world you’re exploring, full of creatures and massive memorable boss encounters.

Super Metroid is one of the best action-adventure style games ever made and it tops our list. The term “Metroidvania” is now used to describe games of a similar play style. It might only be a 16-bit game but play all the way through to the end for an ending you’ll never forget.

The verdict

Putting this list together wasn’t easy. There was a short list of over twenty games to consider the standard was that high. Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Mario Kart, Earthbound and Super Mario RPG are a handful that didn’t make the list.

Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda A Link to The Past and Chrono Trigger were all placed close at the top of this list. All have received accolades and are talked about as not just some of the best games on the SNES, but as some of the best games of all time. Making them worthy of their places on this list.


And that’s the final part of our list of the 10 best SNES games, did we miss any? Do you agree with the order? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.


Read part one of our list of the 10 best SNES games HERE.

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7 Xbox Games To Be Excited About

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Here’s your guide to 2021’s most anticipated Xbox games. Games ranging from horror to survival and first-person shooters to be excited about on Xbox.

With the PlayStation 5 hitting stores in November 2020, Xbox released their advanced console, Series X and there are plenty of games to get excited about. With its updated, sleek new design, the X console allows high definition experiences. Having the ability to produce up to 120 frames ps, 8K HDR and Velocity architecture. It’s faster, superior and more powerful than any previous design. Alongside word of series X, Xbox has announced exciting, challenging and captivating games. But new releases are worth your time and money? We take a look.

1. 12 minutes

Featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe, 12 minutes is set in the apartment of a married couple. We focus on the husband and his ability to overcome a range of different obstacles.

Publisher Annapurna Interactive has gone with a retro click-to-step player mode. All to simulate organic transitions throughout the emotionally difficult yet enticing distortion of time. This unique and underrated style of gameplay allows for an encompassing experience. One that radiates emotional and practical outcomes over combat style games. And permits for an enjoyable break from more well-known survival and RPG games. With the release date yet to be announced, 12 Minutes, has the potential to become one of 2021’s most waited on games yet.

2. Psychonauts 2

The long-awaited sequel of the 2005 original game Psychonauts is finally launching. But is looking as if it will be closer to the end of 2021. With its obscure character style, humorous scripting, and easily playable combat and navigational skills. It’s understandable why fans have donated $3.8 billion to its development. Picking up from the original plotline, the sequel will follow Raz on his journey with the Titular team, overcoming new styles of combat, dangers and threats.

Set in the 1980s, Raz achieves his dream of reaching Psychonauts headquarter, helping the psychic spies with their missions. This multiplatform game has been long-awaited. It has the potential to not only bring you back to a childhood classic but launch you into a world of thrilling new adventures.

3. Hitman 3

With the official tagline for the release of Hitman 3 being ” A dramatic conclusion to the world of assignation trilogy” there are high expectations of the game.

But with both previous Hitman games being the quality and experience they are, there’s little doubt that the third game will be anything less than an amazing and surreal escapade.

This multiplatform game incorporates all the best locations and characters from the previous two games (as long as you already own them). As well as exotic new locations from around the world.

With the ability to play with VR headsets, this advanced version of the Hitman trilogy has the prospective to be the best of the three. With IO interactive releasing a limited description of the plotline, there is lots to hope for with this stealth game launched in late January 2021.

4. Chernobylite

With no official release date, Chernobylite looks like one of 2021’s most gripping survival games to come. Playing as a scientist from the 1986 catastrophe, this science-fiction game follows the conspiracy’s surrounding the danger zone of the aftermath of the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl.

The multiplatform game allows for free exploration of the map, challenging combat situations with various villains and an intertwining plotline. With the developer being that of “Get even” and “NecroVisioN” Farm 51 is known for the enticing, sombre visual graphics that enhance gameplay.

Delving into a profound personal story, with intense character and graphics, Chernobylite is a game that, by the seems of it, will keep you interested for hours on end.

5. Chorus

Benefiting from the impressive power the Xbox series X can be seen to have, the adventure game Chorus utilises amazing graphics, with 60 frames per second, as well as acute detail to lighting and terrain.

Optimised for the new console, this game follows cult member Nora and her mission to defeat her evil creators.

Despite sounding like a game set in ancient times with cults, Chorus focuses on a futuristic world with AI technology, space battles and a thrilling next-level plotline. aiming to send this style of game into the future, Chorus is rumoured to experiment with the powers of mental abilities as well as physical skills.

Developed for the new series X, Chorus can be found on multiple platforms. With such a strong and alluring plot, we can only hope that the release date is sometime soon.

6. Resident Evil: Village

With the eighth game in the series being announced, Resident Evil: Village, follows suit from game 7, Biohazard. Using reliable old characters as well as introducing new villains, heroes and locations.

With ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE engine, we get a more advanced class of weaponry, combat styles and resources to use throughout the rescue and side missions. This classic style of jump-scare horror embodies the original games whilst allows adapting to modern technologies and demands.

Launching in May, this game can be found on nearly all platforms. But will be enhanced with the usage of Xbox’s new powerful console, ideal for such horror games.

7. Halo Infinite

Creative Director Joseph Staten stated, “this was the Halo we imagined back in 2000, finally coming to life, after 20 years of technical and creative innovation”.

Exclusive to Xbox consoles and other Microsoft devices this is one of the biggest games to be excited about. Halo Infinite has been adapted especially for the new Xbox series X for the best playable experience, flawless visuals and rapid load times.

Reusing original artwork to simulate older versions of the game and the reappearance of a more humanistic Master Chief, Halo Infinite will be a throwback of nostalgia for many fans.

But, graphics should be better than ever. With improved illustrations on global illumination, ambient occlusion and shadowing. All for better atmospheric quality and advancement in craftsmanship of lighting, weaponry and adjustments to terrain visibility.

Halo Infinite should be a next-level, first-person shooter game, with immense and microscopic detail throughout the playable world.


And that’s our list of seven Xbox games to be excited about this year. Which one are you looking forward to most of all? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


Read about the worst console launches of all time HERE.

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